Saturday, March 14, 2009

Quiz questions and answers for winning laurels in online quiz competitions

In which country is Geneva gin made?


Holland


Cognac can be made only in a specific area of France. Where can brandy be made?


Anywhere in the world


What do the letters VSOP on a bottle of brandy stand for?


Very Special Old Pale


Between 1740 and 1970 British sailors received a daily ration of grog. What is grog?


A mixture of rum and water


Where did the American whiskey ''Bourbon'' get its name?


It was first made in Bourbon County, Kentucky


A popular Yorkshire liqueur flavoured with herbs is named after the Bronte sisters. On which spirit is it based?


Brandy


What is added to gin to make pink gin?


Angostura bitters


Which drink has been known as 'Dutch courage' and 'Mother's ruin'?


Gin


The fermented molasses left over from the sugar-refining process is used in the manufacture of which spirit?


Rum


What is the meaning of the Dutch word 'brandewijn' from which we take the word brandy?


Burnt wine


Gourmand


You can tell a _______ by just reading it. Famous tagline. Which brand?


Sunkist oranges


On discovering something in 1668, a blind priest exclaimed: Oh, come quickly. I am drinking the stars. What was he


drinking?


Champagne


Which is the most widely eaten fish in the world?


Salmon


Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent what in Evanston, Illinois in 1875?


Ice-cream sundae


Who introduced noodles to Italy after a trip to China?


Marco Polo


In 1847, Hanson Gregory, a 15 year old baker's apprentice knocked the soggy parts off a fried confectionery, thus


creating what?


The first ring donuts


The Mai Tai cocktail was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron (Trader Vic). It got its name when he served it to two


Tahitian friends who exclaimed "Maitai roa ae!" What does it mean?


Out of this world


What is traditionally made from the root of the blue agave cactus?


Tequila


In the New Testament, St. John the Baptist survives on what foods while in the desert?


Locusts and honey


What new fad did the brand Wonder Bread introduce in 1930?


Sliced bread


What is the essential difference between apple juice and apple cider?


Apple juice is pasteurised and cider is not


Shoot a Waco was the original name of what product


Dr Pepper


The hamburger, invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen is called so because


It was invented in Hamburg


Natural vanilla flavouring comes from


Orchids


In the Middle East, what is called the poor man.s food?


Figs


In 1853 in Saratoga Springs a chef George Crum retaliated to a patron.s complaint that his French fries were too


thick. How?


He invented Potato chips


The first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was a food product. Which?


Wrigley's


The Ladakhi gur-gur chai gets its name because


The tea is churned in pipes and makes a gur-gur sound


Which product gets its name from a Roman soldier who was a great wrestler during the Ancient Olympic Games?


Milon


In an open competition to select a name for this brand, a name was chosen which loosely translated from Latin as


Strength of Man. Which brand?


Hovis Bread


After his tomato crop failed, a certain gentleman dabbled in something else. It gave rise to a product which takes


its name from an American Indian word that means 'a place with fertile and humid soil'. Which brand?


Tabasco


Name the Japanese fish considered a delicacy, which if not cleaned carefully can prove fatal.


Fugu


A Napoli baker designed the first pizza in the shape of the Italian flag using tomato, cheese and parsley. He


dedicated it to the visiting King Philip.s wife, thus naming the first ever pizza. The name?


Margharita


What.s the name of the McDonald.s clown?


Ronald


What.s the name of the dimpled cheese traditionally shown in cartoon strips/films?


Gouda


What range of products are Messrs. Mahashiyan di hatti famous for?


Masala


Why is the drink Punch called so?


Traditionally has 5 (paanch) ingredients


Topic : trivia


Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys never did this because he feared that: “Fire might come out – or gas—or snakes—or,


most terrifyingly of all, nothing at all.” What?


Taking a shower


This person created a written script for the Cherokee Indians. Who?


Sequoia


Every man of the Confederate Army had to carry this book, because its leader, Robert E. Lee. believed that it


espoused their cause. Which book?


Les Miserables


The smash-hit “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith was addressed to?


Vince Neal


Which company had its origins in a chartered train journey from Leicester to Loughborough, UK, in 1841?


Thomas Cook


According to Greek mythology, this creature was a she-goat with a lion’s head, goat’s body and serpent’s tail. It


is:


Chimaera


“Sometimes I think that the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere is in the universe is that none of


it has tried to contact us.” Whose words?


Calvin


“Beelzebub” is another name for the devil. What does it translate to?


“Lord of the flies”


A special material was used to clothe the kings of France. It literally means “clothing of kings”. Which of the


following?


Corduroy


Which organisation’s slogan is this: I WILL STRIVE TO LIVE, WITH LOVE AND CARE, UPON THE LEVEL, BY THE SQUARE


Freemasons


Topic : Innovations


The 'Lucifer' match-sticks devised by Frenchmen Charles Suria in 1830 came to be widely used. Name the igniting


substance used by these 'Lucifers'.


White Phosphorus


Ladislao Biro, a Hungarian artist and Journalist developed the ball-point pen in the 30's with his brother Georg,


a chemist. However, he had to flee Budapest at the outbreak of world war II. From which city did the Biro brothers


oversee the manufacture of ball-pens for the Allied Air forces?


Buenos Aires


Georges De Mestral, a Swiss engineer observed burrs sticking to his woollen socks. This natural occurrence


prompted him to look at burrs under a microscope and he used the Hook and loop arrangement with woven Nylon to


develop Velcro. The name Velcro was derived from two words. One was 'Velours' and the other is _____________.


Crochet


Micro-encapsulisaton is a process used in manufacturing perfumed paper. Which U.S. based dcorporation poularized


this method in the 60's?


3M


The 'Hookers 2' designed by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback in 1913, is exactly what?


The zip-fastener


The non-stick finish on modern kitchenware PTFE was developed after an accidental discovery by Dr. Roy Plunkett in


1938. Under what trademark did Du Pont market PTFE?


Teflon


Elisha Graves Otis installed the world's first passenger lift in New York. Which building saw this implementation?


V. Haughwout & Co's China Store


This one's a little vague. Sonora, in Mexico is a quality production centre for which input in everyday industry?


Graphite


A certain adhesive was rejected during research on a 'Superglue' in a laboratory in St. Paul, Minnesota since it's


sticking power was negligible. However, Art Fry an employee used the disposed adhesive to make bookmarks for his


hymn book. Which conventional office stationery did he initiate with this?


Post-it Notes


The conception of the Voltaic cell by Allessandro Volta of Pavia University in 1800 was initiated by an experiment


using copper hooks, an iron hail and certain creatures hanging on them. Which creatures?


Frogs


Specimens of Bombyx Mori are involved in the manufacture of which fiber?


Silk


Which ingredient is conventionally used to whiten a toothpaste?


Titanium Oxide


Which nation issued a plastic currency note in 1988 to mark it's bicentenary?


Australia


The disposable crown cork was the invention of __________.


William Painter


Experiments with alloys in order to build stronger gun-barrels led British Metallurgist Harry Brearley to discover


what in 1913?


Stainless Steel


'Blue Plains' is the location for the advance sewage plant serving which city in the U..S.?


Washington D.C.


The Raytheon Company based in U.S. brought about the use of which domestic appliance in the 1950's?


Microwave Oven


If USA's National Meteorological centre is situated in Wshington D.C. then where is Britian's Meteorological


Office located?


Berknell


A certain book took 50 years for the compilation of its' 12 volumes with 252,259 entries before it's first


publication. Which book?


The Oxford English Dictionary


James Harrison,a Scottish immigrant in Australia devised refigeration using ether to cool down metallic


containers. He used the principle for the first time in a building in Bendigo, Victoria during the Gold Rush in


1851. What did the building function as?


Brewery


Paul Neal Adair (Red Adair) the legendary firefighter(born 1915) has never failed in putting out a fire,whether it


lasted a few seconds or several months. His real-life story inspired a Hollywood film 'Hellfighters' in 1968. Who


played the lead part?


John Wayne


The Cullinan Diamond, discovered by a miner near Pretoria, South Africa was successfully cleaved by Joseph Asscher


on Feb. 10,1908. In which city was this commendable task performed?


Amsterdam


The power-suply for coal mining operations in the Rhine Valley is mainly generated in a pressurized water reactor


at which German town since 1963?


Biblis


The expansion and contraction of a rock is generally measured by a simple instrument which is laid out in the form


of thin ducts. Identify the instrument.


Strainmeter


Dr. Denis Gabor is credited with the first successful demonstration of which process in 1947?


Holography


Early Bird, the world's first communication satellite was launched under the aegis of which organisation?


INTELSAT


The first completely synthetic material was developed in 1907 by using Carbolic Acid, Formaldehyde gas and


Celluloid. Which momentous product is being referred to? The inventor's name would be a give-away.


Bakelite


The first artificial satellite to employ solar cells in 1958 was _________.


Vanguard


In 1851, British Photographic pioneer W.H. Fox Talbot attached a copy of The Times newspaper to a wheel, rotated


it rapidly and succeeded in taking a clear picture by illuminating the wheel very briefly with an intense spark of


light. Recent verifications have put the exposure-period for this experiment at what duration?


1/1,00,000th of a second


Which man-made fibre was invented by Wallace Carothers in 1935?


Nylon


Topic : trivia


What orchestra chose "Moonlight Serenade" as their theme?


Glenn Miller Orchestra


What nationality is former tennis pro Vitas Gerulaitis?


American


Which group of sports participants had the highest Internet usage rate in 1999?


Tennis players


What's a capon?


A castrated rooster


Who was the first non-American to win the Masters golf tournament?


Gary Player


Infamous writer Clifford Irving was imprisoned for faking who's autobiography?


Howard Hughes


Name the science fiction writer who imagined "The Invisible Man" and "The Time Machine"?


H. G. Wells


What did the initials T.S. stand for in author T.S. Eliot's name?


Thomas Stearns


In what city was presidential candidate Robert Kennedy assassinated?


Los Angeles


What sweetener was discovered by Ira Remsen in 1879?


Saccharin


What American author was portrayed on-stage by actor Hal Holbrook in a one-man show?


Mark Twain


What is the height of the goal net used in soccer?


8 feet


Name the astronaut that remained in the command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon?


Mike Collins


What sort of animal is a mandrill?


Forest Baboon


Christopher Jones captained what well known ship?


Mayflower


Entire families may be developing asthma thanks to the smog around this city, called the nation's smog capital by


the Associated Press?


Houston


Can you name the actress who is actor Warren Beatty's sister?


Shirley MacLaine


To what royal house did England's King Henry VIII belong?


Tudor


Native American Pocahontas acted as a guide to the settlers of the Jamestown colony. Along what river is she


buried?


Thames


Name the actor who took best actor honors at the 1955 Oscars for the title role in "Marty"?


Ernest Borgnine


How many double centuries did Bradman score in his Test career?


12


The kaliyug is associated with which Hindu Text ?


Tantra


Which of these cars in India has Korean Technology?


Hyundai Santro


In Greek mythology what do Castor and Pollux represent ?


The twins in the Gemini Constellation


Why was the clockwise direction chosen for the clock ?


Sundials ran clockwise in the northern hemisphere


Kohinoor Diamond was taken away by?


Nadir Shah


Which insect is the cause of most human diseases ?


Housefly

Name the king who was commonly known as Raj Pithora, and is celebrated in several Indian ballads and poems?


Prithviraj Chouhan


Which of these is the correct chronological order?


The Gupta dynasty, The Chalukya dynasty, The Chola Dynasty


Which star is also known as the Dog Star?


Sirius


What algorithm (as yet undiscovered) is called “God’s Algorithm”?


The shortest general solution of the Rubik’s cube from any configuration


What is the Nipper the dog’s claim to fame?


He is the dog from the HMV logo


This Greek goddess can run and fly at great speed. She is the daughter of Pallas and Styx and the sister of


Cratos, Bia, and Zelus. She was represented as a woman with wings, dressed in a billowing robe with a wreath or


staff.


Nike


Which member of the Apollo 10 crew wore his Mickey Mouse watch into space?


Eugene Cernan


Whose middle name is “Fauntleroy”?


Donald Duck


Which of the following movies is named after a story by William Burroughs?


Blade Runner


This term, coined by Washington Irving in 1809, means a native of New York. Which?


Knickerbocker


Actor Tony Curtis said kissing what female co-star was "like kissing Hitler"?


Marilyn Monroe


Whose words are these: “Old soldiers never die. They just fade away”?


Douglas McArthur


Which of the following is true of Wrigley’s chewing gum?


First product to have a bar code


This word literally means “talking to women”. Which word?


Ghazal


Born in India, she won two Academy Awards (1940 & 1952). Who?


Vivien Leigh


What is Occam’s Razor?


A rule of thumb that states that the better scientific theory is the simpler one


Something silly to end with. Whose words are these: "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."


Mark Twain


Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel called “Gadsby”. What is its claim to fame?


Not a single word contained the letter ‘E’


On whose epitaph would you find: S = k log W.


Ludwig Boltzmann


According to legend, the Gordian knot was an intricate knot, tied by Gordius, king of Phyrgia. Whoever cut it was


destined to rule all of Asia. Who supposedly cut it?


Alexander the Great


In Australian cricket slang, what is a 'Coughie'?


A bad umpiring decision


Who is the only Asura to have been spared by Lord Vishnu?


Mahabali


During the design stage, the length of the compact disc was changed from 60 minutes to 74 minutes at the


insistence of the head of the design team. Why?


Seventy-four minutes is the length of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony



Topic: Archeology


Of the genus Phaseolus, and with ancestor Vicia Faba, it was important to man from the beginning of food


production. What?


Beans


What is the capital of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia?


Angkor


This island is referred to in Mesopotamian as “Dilmun”. What?


Bahrain


Hjortspring, Sutton-Hoo, Triremes, and Carracks are all types of what?


Boats


This place first reached prominence under Hammurabi. It was the ancient capital of Mesopotamia. Which place?


Babylon


The religious writings of Essenes, a sect who dwelled in a monastery at Qumran has texts called what?


Dead Sea Scrolls


What is the Egyptian hieroglyph for “life”?


Ankh


Which was the last of the Barbarian tribes to enter the Valley of Mexico after the collapse of the Toltec


Civilisation?


The Aztecs


What is the name given to the single humped camels of Arabia?


Dromedary


What resulted when two races settled in the Ebbe Weser region of England after the breakdown of the Roman rule?


Anglo-Saxons


Assur, Nineveh, and Nimrud are all ancient capitals of which place?


Assyria


What is the study of fossil remains of animals called?


Palaeontology


Sir Arthur Evans named the people of Bronze Age Crete after their legendary leader. What did he call them?


Minoans


Who was the God of the Sun and the city of Heliopolis?


Ra


Known as “The Holy Island”, after the Celtic Church acknowledged the supremacy of Rome, it was the center of a


cultural Renaissance in North Umbria in 700 A.D. Which place?


Lindisfarne


This figure is represented by the crook and flail, the uraeus and other symbols of authority. Crowns include the


White Crown, Red Crown and Blue Crown. Who?


Pharaoh


Which ancient Egyptian God of death is represented as a Mummy?


Osiris


What term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851 to cover the story of man’s development before the appearance of


writing?


Pre-history


What were the mudbrick superstructures over tombs in early Egypt, originally intended to copy the house of the


living called?


Mastabas


Topic : gentrivia


It’s ancestor is the guanaco, found in the Andes and it is related to the camel but lacks a hump. What?


Llama


Capra hircus aegagrus, found in S.West Asia was the ancestor of what?


Goat


76 miles is it’s running length from Tyne to Solway to defend the Northern frontier of Roman Britain. What?


Hadrian’s Wall


What is the cemetery region on the West Bank of the Nile opposite modern Cairo called?


Giza


The falcon God of Hieraconpolis in Egypt, believed to be the son of Isis and Osiris is believed to have


incarnation in the Pharaoh. Who?


Horus


What is the name given to the circular ritual monuments found only in the British Isles?


Henges


What is the name given in Mexico to any manuscript printed before the Spanish Conquest or written in the native


manner during the Early Spanish Period?


Codex


Who was the Sumerian equivalent of Venus, with jurisdiction over love and procreation?


Ishtar


A group of Quechua speaking tribes from the Cuzcoara of the S. Peruvian Andes whose ruler is called “Son of the


Sun” are better known as what?


Incas


Two of these confronting each other constitute a “T’ao t’ieh”. What?


Dragons


Connect John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, apart from their all being Presidents of the USA


All died on the 4th of July


Which city is the backdrop of the shows “the Practice” and “Ally McBeal”?


Boston


Born in Peru, he lives in England at Windsor Gardens, 32, London. He has two birthdays, in December and June. He’s


appeared on a Japanese credit card and on a 1998 Gibraltar coin. Who?


Paddington Bear


The Maori fisherman have a legend that God’s fishing hook was placed in the sky and remained forever as something.


What?


Scorpio


He played 2130 consecutive baseball games, and was nicknamed the “Iron Horse”. Later in his life, he suffered from


a debilitating disease to which he lends his name. Who?


Lou Gehrig


Why were Donald Duck comics nearly banned in Finland?


Because he doesn’t wear pants


What well known work was created by Sarah Josepha Hale?


The child’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb”


With respect to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, what was “the sacred cow”?


His presidential aircraft


Before he was “stuck” with the then little-known Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did James Cameron want to play the


lead role in the first Terminator movie?


O.J. Simpson


The teary folliculitis disease is caused by:


Wearing tight jeans


Topic : General


Myra Gale Brown was 13 years old when she married her 3rd cousin in 1958. The marriage happened 2 weeks before his


final divorce from his first wife. The scandal affected his career so badly that it was several years before he


could make a comeback. Name him.


Jerry Lee Lewis


Which famous architect described a house as "a machine for living in"?


Le Corbusier


Helen Gurley Brown became famous as the publisher of a certain magazine and was also loosely portrayed in the 1964


movie ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ by Natalie Wood. Name the magazine.


Cosmopolitan


In 1893, there was a case before the United States Supreme Court about importing this foodstuff from the West


Indies as fruits could be imported tax-free while vegetables couldn't. Since it was eaten with main dishes, and


not as or with desserts, the Court ruled it to be a vegetable. Name it.


Tomato


In Christian terminology, what is a ‘Lady Chapel’?


A chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary


What is the claim to fame of St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City?


Largest church in the world


The name of the main block in this prison was ‘Broadway’ and the other 2 corridors were named ‘Michigan Boulevard’


and ‘Seedy Street’. Name it.


Alcatraz


In a pack of cards, which one is a copyright?


Ace of Spades


Featured in Joel Chandler Harris’s ‘Tales of Uncle Remus’, his voice was provide by Johnny Lee in the 1946 Disney


film ‘Song of the South’. Name him.


Br’er Rabbit


He was a tailor who dared to look at Lady Godiva as she rode through Coventry. In 1040, Lady Godiva's husband,


Leofric, Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry, agreed to rescind a tax on the town if Lady Godiva rode naked


through the streets. Godiva asked everyone to observe custody of the eyes - and everyone did, except him. This


gave rise to a phrase. Name it.


Peeping Tom


Topic : trivia


In which part of your body would you find a ‘gluteus maximus’?


Ans: Buttocks


Previously the governor of Georgia, he was the only US president to ever report a UFO sighting in October 1969.


Name him.


Ans: James Earl Carter


Medically speaking, anosmia is the loss of which of the five senses?


Ans: Smell


The first LP by a solo artist to sell over a million copies was a 1965 album called Calypso. Name the artist.


Ans: Harry Belafonte


This band originally called itself the ______ Transit Authority after the transit company of a particular place,


until they were sued by the company. Name it.


Ans: Chicago


‘The Cardinal’s Mistress’, written in 1909, was the only novel ever written by this person. Name him.


Ans: Mussolini


Dale Arden is the girlfriend of which famous comic character?


Ans: Flash Gordon


Fianchetto, j’adoube and zugzwang are all terms in which game?


Ans: Chess


In golf, what is a ‘waggle’?


Ans: To-and-fro movement of the golf stick before the swing


In June, 1978, a tropical storm was detected and named Bud. What was so unique about this?


Ans: First storm to be named after a male


Quinchua was a language spoken by which ancient civilisation?


Ans: Incas


Which famous astrological term was coined by Fred Hoyle?


Ans: Big Bang


His autobiography was titled ‘Memoirs of a Mangy Lover’. Name him.


Ans: Groucho Marx


Name the oldest national airline in the world.


Ans: KLM


He was an autodidact, and could not read music but almost everything he wrote was a success. He only played on the


set of black keys. He had a special piano built with pedals that could change the set from F sharp into other


keys. Name him.


Ans: Irving Berlin

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